Select and Compare: Mapex Double Brace Round Top to the Spectrum AIL DT

Today's product comparison has Music Critic comparing the Mapex Double Brace Round Top to the Spectrum AIL DT. The team take this task very seriously - two products enter, but only one can leave. This product comparison article is just one in a series titled The 10 Best Drum Thrones

 Mapex Double Brace Round TopFirst, let's have a look at the Mapex Double Brace Round Top. If you liked the idea of a bargain when you read through the previous review but would like a drum throne that is round, and not motorcycle-shaped, you might want to take a look at this one from Mapex. It’s really affordable and does what it says on the box, without being particularly good or bad. The Mapex Double Brace Round Top drum throne is cushioned and pretty comfy but doesn’t offer anything extra that makes it more ergonomic than other round drum thrones.

 Spectrum AIL DTThe second product we are looking at in this head-to-head review is the Spectrum AIL DT. What’s that you’re saying? Do you want to find a drum throne that is even cheaper than what we’ve already looked at? The question is, is it possible? Well, if you ask the people from Spectrum, they will probably say yes. This is one of the cheapest drum thrones you can find and it is actually pretty popular. Why is it so popular? Well, only because of the price!

Reasons to buy the Mapex Double Brace Round Top

It has double-braced throne quad legs and slip-proof rubber feet, so it’s quite sturdy and stable. You can adjust the height of this round throne, but it’s not super easy to do so as you have to remove a retaining bolt to do it. But if you’re the only one using the throne this isn’t really something you need to worry too much about.

Let's take a closer look at the Spectrum AIL DT

This is not a high-quality product, it’s just something you buy when you really can’t afford to get something better or really don’t want to waste money on something that will only occasionally be used. If you are serious at all about your drumming, you won’t buy this throne, but then there are actually many people who are not serious about it and would rather spend as little as possible since they’re not going to sit much on it anyway.


Mapex Double Brace Round Top

Spectrum AIL DT


+ Cheap
+ Round seat
+ Sturdy
+ Rubber feet

+ Very cheap
+ Swivels
+ Rubber feet


This round top drum throne can be a good option if you’re the only one that’s going to be using the throne so that you don’t have to adjust the height from time to time. It’s very affordable, with a round top and sturdy, so it can be really good for beginners. Round drum thrones are hard to go wrong with, as long as you’re not aiming to become a professional drummer.

Again, this is not a product for people who are looking for a high-quality drum throne to use for a couple of hours a day for 15 years, but more the kind of throne you buy for a kid that’s likely to quit playing drums in less than a year. One really good thing about it is that it swivels, which not all budget alternatives do, so we have to give it that. But to be completely honest, nobody is ever going to say that this is the best throne ever, but it does the trick if you’re only going to sit on it from time to time.

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